The 11 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Sarah Forman, November 19, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the week:


Nov 20: Wine & The City Special Chilean Edition

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Photo courtesy of Wine & The City.

One of Chile's top four winemakers, Irene Paiva, is the mastermind behind this special edition of Wine & The City. Head to one of the city's favorite French Concession venues, Ginger, for an evening of perfect pairings with Fried Coconut Infused Tiger Prawns, Carmelized Iberico Pork Collar, Miso Chocolate Mousse and many more delectable dishes.

Nov 20, 7pm, RMB350. Ginger Modern Asian Bistro, see event listing, buy tickets


Nov 21: Wine & The City Xinjiang Wine Edition 


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Wine & The City, Puchang Winery and Hakkasan Shanghai are teaming up for a fantastic wine pairing dinner where they will introduce guests to wines from China's Turpan Valley region. In addition to tasting some fabulous food and wine, you'll learn all about the wines and the challenges it takes to grow some of China’s best vines.

Just to give you an idea of what's on the menu, dishes will include crispy duck salad with grapefruit, Wagyu beef dumplings, pork with pomelo and pomegranate and more. 

Nov 21, 7pm, RMB850. Hakkasan, see event listing, buy tickets


Nov 20-21: Owl City

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Photo courtesy of 247tickets.

The bubbly boy of synth-pop's Owl City is bringing all his beeps, boops and bops to The Benz's smaller venue, The Mixing Room. He'll be playing two shows, so you can catch him and all his fireflies back to back if that's your thing! Tickets ain't cheap though.

Nov 20-21, 8pm, RMB680. The Mixing Room, see event listingbuy tickets.


Nov 23: Jay-Jay Johanson

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Photo courtesy of the promoter.

Jazzy vocals, trippy film-noir arrangements, this Swedish songwriter is hitting Mao Livehouse for a downbeat, trip-hop show unlike anything we’ve seen out of Scandinavia. He’s been perfecting his sound and his act since the ‘90s, so it’s bound to be a good one.

Nov 23, 8.30pm. RMB160 pre sale, RMB200 door. Mao Livehouse, see event listing, buy tickets.


Nov 23: Aidan Killian

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Flyer courtesy of Shanghai Comedy Club.

A legend of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he quit life as an investment banker to become a comedian known for “consistently writing and performing the most committed, knottiest, issue-comedy shows”. Aidan is passionate, bold enough to tackle subjects that others don't dare to mention but with enough charm and humor to get away with it. He has made appearances on BBC, Russia Today, RTE, Channel 4, 98fm, 4fm, Spin fm, Bali Spirit Festival and the Vodafone Comedy Festival.  He has also performed at peace festivals in the Middle East and Northern Ireland and as a ‘highlight’ at Glastonbury Festival. And now Aidan is bringing his latest show ‘Imposter Syndrome’ to China, touring in November with the Shanghai Comedy Club, finishing up in Shanghai on the 23rd at Cages Bar & Sports.

Nov 23, 9pm, RMB100. Cages Bar & Sports, see event listing, buy tickets.


Nov 23-24: Nu-Queens Saga

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Flyer courtesy of Ink Sight Group.

SHAKE keeps funkin' into the future, with a concert dedicated to the women pushing funk and soul steadily forward. The club's six-piece band and guest singers interpret the music of Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone and more at this show and dance party. Supper club vibes from 6pm; live music from 10.30pm. Futuristic nu-attire encouraged.

Nov 23-24, 10.30pm, RMB80. Shake, see event listing.


Nov 24: Subland Afternoon Sessions - Ale Amazonia

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Photo courtesy of Subtropical Asia.

Newly opened Subland sees the second of their unplugged afternoon sessions with Ale Amazonia of Dirty Fingers. The musician, composer and producer from Brazil has become well known on the punk curcuit, so swing by this creative hub for something a little more intimate and stripped down than we're used to seeing from him.

Nov 24, 4pm. Subland, see event listing.


Nov 24: Feeder

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Photo courtesy of the promoter.

Feeder released their first album back in 1997 and went on to become one of the most successful bands their hometown of Newport, Wales had ever seen. With 10 studio albums, 12 compilations, four EPs and 40 singles, they’ve authored an extensive library over the years, despite their two-year hiatus. 

Nov 24, 8pm, RMB380-880. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listingbuy tickets.


Nov 24-25: Commune Christmas Market

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Commune Market is back on from 11am to 6pm this weekend. Time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping for all the folks back home with some real cute, Shanghai-based-not-Tianzifang-or-airport-gift-shop-purchased presents (with mulled wine in hand, of course). They'll even have pastries and proper food on hand, so you can make a day of it over on Yong Ping Lu. 

Nov 24-25, am-6pm, free entry. Yong Ping Lane, see event listing.


Nov 25: Shanghai Black Expo

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

The BlackEXPO comes all the way from Beijing to Shanghai for the first time this week. This art, beauty, fashion, entertainment, food and lifestyle festival celebrates Black businesses and entertainers here in China. With over 15 performers and 30 vendors, it promises to be an amazing day of creativity, community and connections, including some of the city's smartest, on point comedians. Everyone is welcome to come and join in for this cultural experience at Cotton's from noon to 6pm.

Nov 25, noon, RMB60 includes one drink. Cotton's (Xinhua Lu), see event listing.


Until Mar 2: Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa

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Photo courtesy of Kukje Gallery.

For the first time in China the Powerlong Museum is hosting one of the most comprehensive collections of 20th century Korean abstract art. With over 100 works, the exhibition establishes a post-war narrative that continues through to this day, including artists like Kim Whanki, Park Seo-Bo, Kwon Young-Woo and several others.

Until March 2, Powerlong Museum.


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